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A Brief Glimpse on Aging | Community Education Pulse Uniform

Video Transcript:

Aging Facts

  • In the United States, over 1 in every 8 of the population
    is an older American. During this decade, Americans aged
    45-64 has increased by 31% and 65+ of the population is
    expected to increase 101% between 2000 and 2030 at a rate
    of 2.3% annually.
  • Sixty-five-year olds have an average life expectancy
    of an additional 18.8 years (20 years for females and 17.3
    years for males).
  • At a monetary point, in 2009, the major sources of their
    income were social security, income from assets, private
    pensions, government employee pensions and their earnings.
    In 2010, almost 3.5 million elderly persons were below the
    poverty line.
  • Apart from the assessment of the statistics of age and
    income, it is also imperative to obtain awareness of vital
    factors such as health.
  • In 2000-2009, 40% of non-institutionalized older persons
    assessed their health as excellent or very good. On the
    other hand, among those 65+ with a severe disability, 64%
    reported their health as fair or poor.
  • Also, in 2007-2009, the most frequently occurring conditions
    among older persons were diagnosed arthritis, uncontrolled
    hypertension, heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and sinusitis.
  • Present as well, in 2010, are reports of 37% older persons
    suffering from disabilities like difficulty in hearing,
    vision, cognition, ambulation, self-care or independent
    living. These disabilities increases with age as 56% of
    persons older than 80 reported a severe disability and 29%
    of the over 80 populations reported that they needed assistance.
  • Moreover, in 2010, older Americans spent 13.2% of their
    total expenditures on health, more than twice the proportion
    spent by all consumers.